Derek Carr is getting set to face the fire as he gets ready to deal with his most important season of his career. It could be make-or-break for the QB as the team will transition from playing in Oakland to playing in Las Vegas.
Carr has been trending downwards after his stellar 2016 campaign where most saw him as an MVP candidate.
The Athletic’s Mike Sando presented his Quarterback Tiers survey Monday where he spoke with fifty-five anonymous coaches and executives who rank the QBs from Tier 1 to Tier 5.
The Oakland Raiders signal caller was voted into Tier 3 as the No. 20 overall quarterback. If that wasn’t bad enough, the comments about him were even worse.
“Voters brought up three specific plays that show the kind of quarterback Carr was last season. One was him throwing the ball away on fourth down, another example was him looking scared in the final minutes of the Raiders’ Week 8 loss to the Colts, but the final example is what really stands out.
“The Chiefs game, he throws a pick-six and the guy (Jared Cook) isn’t even running the route. It was, ‘What the f–k?” the voter said to Sando.
Carr’s ability to handle Gruden’s style has been questioned ever since Chucky signed his 10-year deal with the Raiders. Through one season, those questions aren’t going away.
“He is sensitive and needs encouragement, and that is not the style he is going to get,” an offensive coach said to Sando. “When someone shows disappointment in him, he shrinks. The head coach not coming out and completely endorsing him has to be eating him alive.”
Carr needs to improve steadily after the team went out and got him a slew of offensive talent that includes Antonio Brown.
If he doesn’t, he probably won’t be joining the team in Vegas.